Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reading Around the World–Russia

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Sasha and Babushka

Our reading journey brought us to Russia this week, and I was happy to find a perfect book to read. Most books that I found for Russia previously belonged to three categories (sometimes more than one category at a time) – fairy tales, stories of old times or stories with rather bleak settings and story lines. This book is a very nice break with this tradition and depicts Moscow as I experienced myself during my childhood visit there – a beautiful clean city with world-famous landmarks and fantastic cultural institutions.

Apr7_Russia

We made a new mini-book about Russia. To be honest, Anna didn’t apply herself much beyond this first page – her rendition of Saint Basil’s Cathedral looks more like a milk bottle, but she likes an idea of having Read Around the World box with a growing number of mini-books. They will all have the same format – a mini-book report, a map with some interesting facts and something that this country is famous for.

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In the story the main character and her grandma visit a famous puppet theater in Moscow. Luckily, Anna’s papa loves puppet theater and owns quite a sizeable collection of puppets. All these puppets are standard characters of German Kasper Theater as Germany also has a rich history of puppet plays. Unfortunately, most of these puppets require three finger manipulation, and Anna’s little hand cannot handle them yet.Apr8_PuppetPlay This didn’t prevent her from constructing an elaborate Easter play. This play was significantly less elaborate after a couple of actual rehearsals with her best friend. It was presented to us during Easter dinner and consisted mostly of a crocodile and a piggy fighting with each other and chasing each other around the room. I don’t think our actors are quite ready for a puppet theater that my husband is itching to build.

8 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I love the mini book idea!

Emma attempted a puppet show last week, with a similarly ambitious but not truly complex in reality plot...

Sarah said...

I love the puppets! I'm sure Anna will love playing with them when she's older.

Julie said...

I love this read around the world idea! I had missed your post about Afghanistan, but went back and read that as well. I would love to find time to fit something like this into our reading time as well.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very nice! I'm glad you found a modern story for Russia.

Phyllis said...

I love the photo of her and her friend's puppet play!

Ticia said...

All the stories I'm thinking of are fairy tales or take place a long time ago, now that I stop and think about it.......

I love those puppets

Debbie said...

Sounds like you had fun, from finding a great book for your studies to fun activities for Anna. Love the puppets.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your mini book is wonderful! I think children love to read books they have written themselves.

Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I pinned this post.

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